Even if the last time you went back to school was in the days of three-ring binders and spiral notebooks, not laptops and educational apps, you probably still get a little thrill this time of year. It’s hard to watch fall approach and not think about new beginnings.
Of course, there’s no rule that says that fresh starts are just for kids. If you’ve been thinking about trying something new, whether it’s learning to code or writing a book or rebooting your personal brand, there’s no time like the present.
To inspire you this not-quite-autumnal Monday morning, we’ve assembled a few inspirational quotes to get you thinking in a new direction:
“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” –Mary Pickford
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I.” –John Steinbeck
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” –Mahatma Gandhi
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” –Lucille Ball
“It requires a better type of mind to seek out and to support or to create the new than to follow the worn paths of accepted success.” –John D. Rockefeller
“The foundation of a financial fresh start actually has nothing to do with money or specific financial dos and don’ts. The first, and most difficult, step is to absolve yourself and your spouse or partner of any guilt.” –Suze Orman
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney